Seán Coffey | Business, DCU
When Seán Coffey started college, he took on not only one degree programme, but also an online course in another university.
The 21-year-old from Newbridge, Co Kildare was one of those students who enjoyed most of his subjects in school, so when it came to the CAO, his problem was going to be choosing the optimum post-school pathway.
“I wasn’t sure. I knew I wanted something to do with people. While I enjoyed things like maths, I wasn’t someone who could sit around all day long not talking,” he says.
The former Patrician Secondary School pupil sought expert advice and a guidance counsellor steered him towards the study of business.
When CAO offers came around, Seán got his fifth choice, Business in Dublin City University (DCU). “I was happy to get it; it was my only option at that stage and I decided to take it, knowing that if I didn’t like it, it wasn’t the end of the world.”
About a month into his four-year course, he received an email from the students’ union advertising a Level 7 course in Irish, hosted online by NUI Galway.
“I signed up for it, paid the fees and it involves an extra three hours of lectures online a week for two years.
“It is geared to people who want to do teaching, but I’m doing it for enjoyment,” says Seán.
He is loving his course. “If I had 625 points, I wouldn’t change a thing. College is amazing,” says Seán, who is also a DCU Student Ambassador.
Now in third year, he has taken an option to do an 11-month internship and has been working from home with an investment bank since last June.